Although Was Ist Das? is no longer a Hebden dweller, we’re still coming back for Inkfolk basement action. Delighted to say we have the return of Ashtray Navigations who last played Hebden in 2012. They put out their first release in January 1994 and have a major retrospective on the way including a best of CD selected by Henry Rollins. They exist in a confusing void between the worlds of experimental music and garage rock. As disorientating as they are fun, they are an unmissable live band. They’re also the covers of starts of the latest issue of The Wire magazine.
Tim Benjamin is better known as a composer of operas. He won BBC Young Musician of The Year at the tender age of 17 and also won the Stephen Oliver Trust’s Prize for Contemporary Opera with his first opera. He has long dabbled in electronic music, often using his Kauppe alias and is about to release his first all electronic album, “Fractures” (as Tim Benjamin).
Its a Sunday night and we appreciate some of you wish to travel from Leeds and Manchester so we will be keeping it last train friendly. It’s also a pay what you can night [which means please give as much as you can in the collection for the artists. Don’t come in, drink five pints and chuck a few coppers in, you tight twat]
A unique triple bill that will explore process and instability in acoustic phenomena and electronic space. Three solo sets that will permeate and vibrate, this is a unique chance to see both Minoru & Ryoko on the same bill after the YO NO BI #1 tour. Todmorden is the only date that features this bill & again will be new works. Bring your own beer. £5 on the door.
Minoru Sato ia Japanese sound artist and curator. He has an interest in a relationship between a description of nature and an art representation, and is creating art works per physical phenomena and various concepts. His creative activities are explored in the form of installations, multiples, performances and texts. He was running a label called “WrK” from 1994 until 2006. Now he is producing music pieces by solo, collaboration with ASUNA and so on.
Ryoko Akama is another sound artist, composer and curator. Akama approaches the aesthetics of silence and time/space, pursuing minimal and abstract sonic experiences. Akama explores sine tone performances generated by old synthesisers and produces installations with small objects and electronics. She runs melange edition label and co-edits Reductive Journal.
Ben Gwilliam is an artist whose work spans sound, film, installation & performance. His work explores how the mechanics of sound medias’ reflect the ways in which we listen to and look upon the world around us. His fascination with making sound drives a curiosity that forms as durational performances and Installations, film & video works and writing. He is currently a PhD candidate at Oxford Brookes University based in the Sonic Arts Research Unit and he started moreorlessthan in 2015.
Yours truly will be DJing from his laptop between the sets. And before them. And after.
Delighted to be DJing in Nottingham for this very fine gig from the Rammel Club people. On the bill are Ruth and Ronnie from German collective Datashock aka Flamingo Creatures. Their live sets are a wild, Dadaist explosion of noise and sound. With the help of electronics, bells, a violin and various percussion instruments the couple develops musical dialogues that speak to you in the most handsome way one can think of. Like Hans-Joachim Roedelius waltzing with Joan La Barbara while Smegma play (quietly) in the back.
Also on the bill is Daniel Voigt, the artists formerly known as Hering Und Seine Sieben Sachen, and head of Sic Sic Tapes. Augmented by effect pedals & mixer treatments Daniel Voigt blends a Musique Concrète approach (cutting up tapes and looping sounds with the help of several walkmen) with the cosmic aesthetics of Krautrock to make his music sound like the love child of Delia Derbyshire and Klaus Schulze. Both these acts are headed North to play our Tor Ist Das? Festival.
Edwin Stevens (Irma Vep, Sex Hands, Klaus Kinski etc) and Andrew Cheetham (ABC trio, Birchall/Cheetham duo etc) are two of Manchester’s most prolific purveyors of raging, outer-limits rock-ism. Both members of free-rock army Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura as well as countless other projects, they take a similar blueprint for their head-to-head skyscraping duo, only with a singularity of heavy chord chug that aligns them with Gown or even Michael Flower & Chris Corsano.
Was Ist Das? will be moving to Phoenix Arizona this Winter so as the start of our farewell, we are doing a festival in collaboration with out dear Todmorden friends Tor Bookings. We have some major headliners, with Saturday night being topped by a trio of Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound), Maniac (Mayhem) and Carl Stokes (Cancer) and then on Sunday we have both Newcastle’s man of the moment, alt folkie Richard Dawson and Leeds noise rock institution Ashtray Navigations.
Also playing are dark chanteuse Chicaloyoh, instrument builder Sam McLoughlin (aka Samandtheplants/N.Racker), Bird People (full band set, folk drones), Lutine, Laura Cannell, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura (Manchester noise rock orchestra), Girl Sweat (stockton’s one man collision between Jon Spencer & Cabaret Voltaite), Daniel Voight (analogue experiments in sound), Terrine (Claire from Headwar’s solo no wave assault), Flamingo Creatures (wild improv insanity), Ambrosia(@) and Isnaj Dui (Katie from The Owl Service & The Sly And Unseen).
Such a pleasure to say we are working with the quintessential English psychedelic folk group of our times, Trembling Bells. Masters of songwriting, they have collaborated on albums and tours with both Bonnie Prince Billy and Mike Heron (co-founder of the Incredible String Band). Since their last gig in Hebden Bridge they have expanded into a five piece with the addition of second guitarist Alasdair C Mitchell.
Support comes from acclaimed Leeds based songwriter Chris Wade, best known for his Dodson & Fogg project. His list of collaborators includes Judy Dyble of Fairport Convention, Celia Humphris of Trees, Rik Mayall, Nik Turner of Hawkwind and Alison from Mellow Candle. He’s had acclaim from the likes of Terrascope and Shindig but chances to see him live have been next to none until now.
This is our final session in that special location that we don’t name on here. Previous themes have included krautrock and cassettes. This time I’ll be doing a DJ set revolving entirely around the Radiophonic Workshop but as it is our final rural takeover we’ll have some very special guests including live music and other DJs and lights. Might tell you what, might not. We’ll be starting around 8pm and ending as late as possible.
Tor Bookings are really pleased to have acclaimed modular synth master, JOHN CHANTLER, visit us in Todmorden to perform an exclusive north west show during his visit from Sweden. Last year, John performed a highly regarded set as part of the St John’s at Hackney series in London so he is no stranger to performing in a church environment. We are thrilled to have him over and can’t wait to hear him play.
We have also invited BRIDGET HAYDEN AND CLAIRE POTTER along to perform a debut duo show following on from their successful release “Mother to no swimming laughing child” on Irish label Fort Evil Fruit.
Completing the lineup we have Andy Abbott aka ELIZABETH who will bring his amazing synth and guitar soundscapes along to fill the huge space.